Unlike the same time last year, so much art has been, is, and will be happening. Buy a book from a local artist, audition for a play, or find out how Indiana University students encouraged Afghan refugees.
Drawing book for sale on site
To escape the boredom of board meetings, Beverly Zisla Welber said her father, Harold Zisla, would draw. Now, a book filled with his drawings is on sale for $ 20 at the Morgenstern Bookstore at 849 S. Auto Mall Road and at the Book Corner at 100 N. Walnut St. in the plaza.
“The mathematician who said a dirty word: algorithm” is one of the titles of Zisla’s sketch in “Provocative lines: drawings by Harold Zisla”. Readers will find 70 drawings his family discovered shortly after his death in 2016. The public had never seen them, even though he had exhibited his works countless times, including at Indiana University. at South Bend, where he taught for 23 years (and had also chaired the Department of Fine Arts).
Welber enjoys learning more about his father from his former art students.
“It’s amazing to me that 32 years after he retired from IU South Bend and almost six years after his death, I still hear about college students.” One of those students, Linda Kay, sent Welber pictures of Kay’s artwork that Zisla had helped her with in college in the late 1970s.
“He sat across from (Linda Kay) at a classroom table and added quick drawings to the two she had done at the top of the sheet.” He then asked Kay what to do next and turned a little question mark into an ear.
Welber said that while strangers generally saw his father as serious, the family knew his “spontaneous and outrageously funny” side, exhibited in the book.
Jacobs school groups entertain at Camp Atterbury
Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music ensembles – the Jazz Ensemble, IU Crimson Drumline, and the Singing Hoosiers – recently took a short trip to entertain Afghan refugees staying at Camp Atterbury military base near Edinburgh, and they were invited to return for a New Years’ Show at 2 p.m. (midnight Kabul time). As of this writing, Alain Barker of IU, Director of Entrepreneurship and Career Development, was trying to make arrangements for this second engagement to happen.
Camp Atterbury is a military and civilian training base under the aegis of the Indiana National Guard, and the refugees not only cheered, but waited for photo ops afterwards.
Brown County Playhouse player auditions
Auditions for two productions will arrive next month for the Brown County Playhouse Players. On January 10 and 11, actors can try out AR Gurney’s two-person play “Love Letters,” which will run as a script-in-hand production on February 4, and for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” be a performer. on the radio on February 18 and 19 in the morning and evening.
“’Love Letters’ has been performed since the 1980s by all the big stars,” said Johnny Elmore, who directs both plays. “It’s 50 years of love letters between a husband and his wife.”
But whose husband and wife?
Two longtime friends, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, begin writing to each other as children, in the form of thank you notes and holiday postcards. Romance arrives, but Andy attends Yale and then law school; Melissa fails in other elite institutions. Melissa marries someone else while keeping in touch with Andy, who also marries and becomes a senator. Melissa drinks and alienates her family as Andy’s success grows.
A last letter brings some answers.
“I’m very open to casting choices,” Elmore said. “We’ll see who comes to read the roles. I think it’s a great play for very experienced actors, but as far as I’m concerned, age might not be a factor here.”
He envisions older actors. The rehearsals will be few, maybe six, since the actors carry their scripts on stage. The decor will be minimalist, with pools of light for each actor. I recently performed in a show at the theater and the lighting was beautifully designed.
Brown County Playhouse Players is the volunteer group that performs at Brown County Playhouse. The theater also offers professional productions, such as the recent “2020: Covid the Musical”.
A bonus for attendees is the art gallery in the performance hall, behind the last row of seats. Local artists display their works and signed photos of artists, some famous, who worked in the theater line the walls of the hallway. Located near the front door, it’s easy to get to even if you just want to spend a few minutes to see it.
WHAT: The Brown County Playhouse Player Auditions for Two Pieces.
OR: Brown County Playhouse, Nashville, 70 S. Van Buren St., 812-988-6555.
WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 10 and 11. Bring a prepared monologue or read separately.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Art book, concerts, auditions and more at the end of 2021